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A one-man band that mesmerizes

Frenzy combined with a daft sense of humor – that describes percussionist Ken Bergmann. The show he puts on is riveting and can keep a tough audience -fifth through eighth graders – glued to its seat.

What could be simpler. Says Bergmann, “I hit stuff.” But he does it in a spectacular, smashing way. Tapping a computerized drum, Bergmann creates everything from a computerized rock concert to an aerial dogfight between Snoopy and the Red Baron. Moments later he’s playing a Scott Joplin rag, and then Bach on a marimba.

Whew! He’s like a drummer who has gone amok. His show has been described as “an hysterical romp” through sounds effects of Hollywood (roar of thunder or a rumbling locomotive), cowbells, a computerized rock-concert. And children get to participate in making these great sounds.

Tucked in amidst all the crazy sound is a great drug message done in context. Maybe that’s why he calls his show Percussion Discussion. But he does it in a way that they’ll never know what hit ’em.

Teachers and parents seem to have a great time too, so don’t just drop off the kids for this one (might bring ear plugs, though).

The show takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center for the Arts.

Know & Go

What: Percussion Discussion

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St.

Admission: Tickets are $12 in advance for adults (and $6 for children in advance) and may be purchased at Center for the Arts Box Office, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, at BriarPatch in Grass Valley and Yabobo in Nevada City; or online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org. At the door they are $15 and $10 respectively. Groups of five or more receive 10 percent off ticket prices when purchasing at The Center for the Arts box office only.

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